New Editor and New Hometown for Hearst's Road & Track

Joining Car and Driver in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Hearst Magazines is making changes at Road & Track magazine.

Two weeks ago Hearst said the magazine would relocate its offices to Ann Arbor, Mich., from Newport Beach, Calif., and named Larry Webster the new editor-in-chief, succeeding Matt DeLorenzo.

Mr. Webster had been automotive editor of Hearst's Popular Mechanics since January 2010 and before that was the Detroit editor for Popular Mechanics. He also worked at Car and Driver, Hearst's other auto title, which is already based in Ann Arbor.

Now Mr. Webster and Hearst are working out which Road & Track staff members will be asked to make the move to Ann Arbor. There are conflicting reports circulation, with estimates ranging from "a few" to "everyone's been sacked."

But Jim Meigs, editorial director for the Hearst Men's Enthusiast Group, said the magazine is having ongoing conversations about which staffers will make the move. "Larry is out there working with them, getting to know people," Mr. Meigs said. "Through that process we will determine, both through people's own interest and how they might fit the new demands of the magazine when it moves, where there might be good fits."

It's too soon to say how many people will make the move or whether the size of the edit staff in Ann Arbor will match the level in Newport Beach, Mr. Meigs said.

"A move obviously carries with it a certain amount of disruption but also enormous opportunity for us," he added.

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Wes Raynal is editor at Autoweek.

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